Rise and Shine

Shortlisted for a Sony World Photography Award: President Barack Obama speaks in the rain during a campaign rally in Glen Allen, Virginia, July 17, 2012. Photo by Brooks Kraft



1:15 ET: The President will deliver remarks at the White House calling on Congress to pass a short-term budget package that would delay automatic, across-the-board cuts known as the sequester


USA Today: President Obama will seek to build support for another ambitious agenda item – a major immigration bill – on Tuesday when he meets with labor and business leaders at the White House.

…. “… the president will hold meetings at the White House with labor leaders and progressive leaders, as well as a number of CEOs from across industries, to discuss his commitment to getting a bipartisan bill passed in 2013, and how immigration reform fits within his broader agenda for economic growth and competitiveness,” a White House statement said.

More here


This morning, Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden met with U.S. Embassy staff and families in London. Afterwards, the Vice President visited 10 Downing Street for meetings with British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Prime Minister David Cameron.

This afternoon, the Vice President will attend a meeting of the United Kingdom National Security Council. In the evening, he and Dr. Biden will depart London en route Washington, DC.



Eugene Robinson: The moment that most deserves to be remembered from Sunday’s thrilling Super Bowl came before the game, when Jennifer Hudson joined students from Sandy Hook Elementary School in singing “America the Beautiful.” It was a heart-rending elegy for the fallen — and a stirring call to action.

…. It was a reminder that life goes on but also that we must not lose sight of unfinished business: reducing the awful toll that barely regulated, insufficiently monitored commerce in powerful weapons takes on innocent victims, day after day after day.

Despite the best efforts of the NRA and like-minded groups to make sure this business remains unfinished, reducing gun violence remains stubbornly high on the nation’s agenda. This is partly due to the ravings of Wayne LaPierre …. who almost single-handedly, or single-mouthedly, is making the pro-gun argument sound even crazier and more irresponsible than it is. And that’s saying something.

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ThinkProgress: What We Can Learn From Minneapolis’ Progressive Approach To Reducing Gun Violence

Monday afternoon, President Obama [delivered] his first speech on a tour promoting his plan to reduce gun violence in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The choice of location is anything but accidental: Minneapolis has, in recent years, developed a progressive, highly effective approach to gun violence prevention that has seen firearm crime plummet.

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Trayvon Martin would have been 18 today. Rest in peace.


Three years ago today: President Barack Obama greets a young visitor in the Oval Office, Feb. 5, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


“…. unless you’re a secretly gay married Muslim bulldozing Reagan” …. love it.


ThinkProgress: Eight Senators on Monday voted not to consider the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a bill that protects victims of domestic violence. The Senators who voted against moving to debate on the bill were: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Tim Scott (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Rand Paul (R-KY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and James Risch (R-ID)

More here


Wow, this is one hard-hitting toon:


Steve Benen: In its decision last year on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court majority ruled that Medicaid expansion can proceed, but it must be entirely optional for states. Almost immediately, right-wing groups delivered a stern message to Republican governors: to accept expansion would be an outrageous betrayal of conservative principles.

Some GOP governors are doing it anyway, and yesterday, Ohio’s John Kasich joined the group….

More here






Steve Benen: We’ve no doubt had plenty of Supreme Court justices who’ve been widely recognized, and some who’ve kept a relatively high public profile, but I can’t remember the last time a sitting justice reached a level of celebrity on par with Sonia Sotomayor.

…. The NYT piece is a fascinating read, largely because I can’t think of a modern judge who can illicit the kind of reactions Sotomayor is currently receiving….

Reading about these public receptions, I kept thinking back to Sotomayor’s 2009 confirmation process, and the ugliness of some of the criticisms she received from the right …. Given her popularity, I wonder how many of them would care to explain their opposition to Sotomayor’s confirmation now?

Full post here



Charles Pierce: I guess I’m supposed to be rolling around in schadenfreude at the news that Karl Rove has found a new brand of cheap aluminum siding to sell to the rubes and suckers of what is laughingly referred to as the Republican Establishment. It seems that the money boys are getting tired of losing winnable Senate races because the Help keeps hiring candidates out of the Chronic ward, so Karl’s going to (reluctantly) take their money this time to teach them how to craft winning campaigns on the general theme of Ix-Nay on the Apey-ray. That the Republican party actually should need to pay someone to explain this to its candidates is a measure of a rather more systemic problem. That the feral children in the wilder precincts are birthing cows all over the landscape is entertaining as all hell, but it doesn’t move us any greater distance along toward the day when we once again will have two sane political parties.

More here




LA Times: Jon Favreau’s career took off when, at age 23, he interrupted U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama during a speech rehearsal to offer some suggestions for improvement.

That cheeky move led to a seven-year tour as Obama’s lead speechwriter, an assignment that ends March 1 as Favreau considers trying his hand at another form of drama — as a screenwriter, perhaps in Los Angeles.

More here


Four years ago today: President Obama wears a AF1 jacket on his first flight aboard Air Force One from Andrews Air Force Base to Newport News, Va., Feb. 5. 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



160 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. February 5, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Yo Ho Ho O’s!!!! How’re things in the land of TOD on this great getting up day?!?

    You take the grey skies out of my way
    You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day
    Turned a bright spark into a flame
    My beats per minute never been the same

    Wake me up before you go-go
    Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo
    Wake me up before you go-go
    I don’t want to miss it when you hit that high
    Wake me up before you go-go
    ‘Cause I’m not plannin’ on going solo
    Wake me up before you go-go
    Take me dancing tonight
    I wanna hit that high (yeah, yeah) – Wham

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      February 5, 2013 at 8:51 am

      😆 😆 Pushy! Pushy! Have a great Tuesday! 😆 😆

      • 3 cookemom
        February 5, 2013 at 9:09 am

        I really wasn’t trying this morning. My intent was to just go about my early Tuesday morning ritual of watering the house plants. Once done, I made my coffee and sauntered to the PC to Skype #2 in Spain. Since she was unavailable, I decided to walk on up to the TOD veranda and see who might be hanging out on this fine morning. I must have missed you coming around from the other side of the porch, or I would have most certainly allowed you to enter ahead.

        • 4 vcprezofan2
          February 5, 2013 at 9:31 am

          Thank you for that beautiful explanation, CM. It ALMOST makes me feel guilty that I got nothing done while waiting, and I WAS at the top for a fraction of a second, so I was proud for a fraction of a second. 😉

          BTW, how is #2 finding life with such high unemployment all around her? I’ve forgotten – is she doing one or two years?

          • 5 cookemom
            February 5, 2013 at 9:40 am

            Fortunately for her, she teaches English at the junior high thru junior college level. The school is in a more affluent area of the country. She also earns extra Euros doing private tutoring. She has decided to re-up for a second and final year offered under the ambassadorship program that sponsors this. I’m trying to save my pennies in hopes of a visit next year.

            • 6 theo67
              February 5, 2013 at 1:27 pm

              You definitely have to visit!

              • 7 cookemom
                February 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm

                I really really really hope that I can figure out a way to make it happen.

                • 8 theo67
                  February 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm

                  Try and go slightly off season. The prices are cheaper. Europe is beautiful pretty much all year, so even if it’s a bit rainy, it still has all the character and history that makes a visit worthwhile. Plus, less tourists! 🙂

    • 9 carolmaewy
      February 5, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Food morn and congrats! Enjoy your day!

    • February 5, 2013 at 9:26 am

      You have been on an absolute roll as of late when it comes to first. Congratulations. Is it the zinc or all of that high fiber?

    • 17 jacquelineoboomer
      February 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Always good for a morning laugh, cookemom! Thanks and good mornin’/afternoon to you and TODville.

  2. 18 vcprezofan2
    February 5, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Good Day, Chips Chica! Good Day TODobots! How are you all this fine Tuesday?

    I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
    Maya Angelou

    • 19 cookemom
      February 5, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Howdy vcprez. I learned that, when shopping, one should always remember where one has parked their car. Not everyone will be as lucky as poor Richard, though eventually found, he surely would have benefited from having made a mental note of where he left his transportation.

      • 20 vcprezofan2
        February 5, 2013 at 9:18 am

        Valuable lesson for us? Of course, maybe if Richard wasn’t so ‘involved’ in other people’s demise he might have been better able to keep his mind on the issue at hand?

        Any running in the plans today? I have to tell you that I’ve had my ‘zumba’ music on for about 2 hours and though I can’t in all honesty say that I’ve been PHYSICALLY exercising for that length of time, my mind has been mentally involved with the music. 😉 That’s definite progress!

        • 21 cookemom
          February 5, 2013 at 9:27 am

          No running today as the snow still covers the meadow. I believe listening to any sort of music will burn those troublesome calories and lead to better health, as long as one has a willingness to appreciate that actually moving to its beat would be more beneficial. Armed with that knowledge and with good intentions , then like possession, it’s 9/10th of having performed said movement. So progress indeed!

          • 22 vcprezofan2
            February 5, 2013 at 9:35 am

            ‘good intentions , .. like possession, it’s 9/10th of having performed said movement’

            Oooo! I like your thinking, CM. 9/10ths, eh? Sweet!

  3. 23 vitaminlover
    February 5, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Goooooood morning!

  4. 24 ranman11
    February 5, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD family, I hope for everyone to have a joyful day today. Congrats cookemom on being first the lovely Tuesday morning.

  5. February 5, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Good Morning trouble makers!

    I just read that Think Progress piece on Minneapolis. Why can’t Chicago do the same?

  6. 28 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Morning TOD! It’s freaking fantastic living in a country where Barack Obama is president.

  7. 32 sherijr
    February 5, 2013 at 9:05 am

    g’morning everyone ~ happy Tuesday 🙂

  8. 33 whatisworking
    February 5, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Good Morning TOD family

    I had insomnia so I got up early and worked on the “contact congress” page. I made it through Massachusetts.

    Even though Nancy is not the speaker, I found myself replacing several R/Tea labels with just plain R. I am hopeful that the Tea Party is loosing strength and there will be more reasonable Repubs in the house.

    Please post below if I have made a mistake in a statue up to and including Mass.


  9. 41 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Great profile on Jon Favreau. I’ve watched his rise for a while and though I’m going to miss his presence in the white house and in fantastic speeches that are full of depth and wisdom, I wish him well.

    Smart and sexy; the Obama administration is chock full of those.

  10. 43 amk for obama
    February 5, 2013 at 9:23 am

    That HRC toon speaks the truth. The goopers compromised not only US safety but also the world safety through their fucked up illegal wars, carteblanche for the ws thugs to loot the world, stroking anti-muslim feelings etc.

  11. February 5, 2013 at 9:24 am

  12. 46 dotster3
    February 5, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I also thought this was interesting—the Al. hostage taker who railed against the govt. lived in a Katrina FEMA trailer on his property. And neighbors said they could hear conservative talk radio blasting from that trailer day and night. Did the kidnapper dig that bunker because Glenn Beck told him to—–to get ready for the coming war against the government, a militia preparedness as hyped by Rush Limbaugh? And before he purchased that property a couple years ago he was a trucker, likely listening to that poison all day every day as he drove cross country. Hate radio has done a lot of damage to vulnerable minds.
    Other interesting tidbit in this case is that the FBI was able to get a camera in the bunker, wonder how they did that, and thus were able to see the situation deteriorating, an increasingly agitated kidnapper with a gun in his hand.

  13. February 5, 2013 at 9:28 am

  14. 73 cookemom
    February 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Public Service Announcement!!! Today is national Pancake Day. Free pancakes at IHOP today!!!

  15. 75 lisalovesobama
    February 5, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I’m in my Forensic Psych class and the topic is defamation of character and my prof is talking about PBO and birthers and the use of the excuse of first amendment rights.

    • 76 jacquelineoboomer
      February 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Living history again, I see!

    • 77 theo67
      February 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      They should also discuss Donald Trump complaining about Bill Maher saying he was descended from an alligator (or something). Why is Trump allowed to disrespect the President, tell blatant lies, refute irrefutable evidence, and yet he squeals that others can’t insult him? They are both public figures. As Romney said, “what’s sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander”.

  16. 78 amk for obama
    February 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

    More rc church abuses. This one from chips land.


    • February 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

      What a proud history the Catholic church has in Ireland (and everywhere, come to think of it).

      • 80 dotster3
        February 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

        Wanted to ask you if you were familiar with Fr. Tony Walsh, the singing priest, who was finally defrocked by Irish parents demanding it. (and arrested?) This formerly popular priest’s sexual abuse of over 200 boys was included in the excellent HBO documentary last night. All the abuse and cover-up by all officials, including those in the Vatican and current pope—–over decades, even centuries?—is astonishing. And it continues—-a familiar pattern in formerly religious submissive societies, in places like the Phillipines and Latin America, is emerging as reports of child sex abuse by Catholic priesrs are beginning to trickle out.

        • 81 anniebella
          February 5, 2013 at 10:40 am

          But all we can hear is the talk about gays being allow in Boy Scouts.

        • 82 itgurl_29
          February 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm

          Never told this story online but my great-uncle was molested by a priest back in the early 1930s in New Orleans. He told his parents but there was nothing they could do. A black family accusing a white priest of molesting their child? Someone could have gotten lynched.

          It ruined his life. He turned to alcohol and died young in a drunk driving accident. Because of this, my grandfather never ever went to church as an adult. And when he had my father and his siblings and my granny insisted they have religion, he refused to allow them to go to a Catholic Church. This is why I’m a protestant but all my extended family are Catholics.

          This has been going on forever.

          • 83 Bill
            February 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

            That is a true tragedy, the molestation and the alcoholism. Religion is beneficial to many, but there are so many dangers connected with it.

          • 84 dotster3
            February 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm

            Sorry to hear about your great uncle. And it is so sad that so many families have similar stories—-countless lives in this country and throughout the world ruined by this abuse and cover-up. Victims turned to alcohol, drugs, suicide as a way of coping with the horrors and guilt they suffered.

  17. 85 Ladyhawke
    February 5, 2013 at 9:53 am


    While Leading the Laziest House in History, John Boehner Tells Obama To Do His Job

    By: Jason Easley


    John Boehner leads a House of Representatives that is one half of the most unproductive Congress in the history of the country. The nation might be able to get things done if the House was in session for more than 124 days this year, and House Republicans would stop passing bills that have no hope of surviving the Senate.
    However, telling the president to do his job while you are leading a legislative body that has accomplished absolutely nothing is a strategy that is destined to highlight the House Republicans’ own ineptitude.

    While Obama is trying to make immigration reform and gun control a reality, John Boehner is leading a body that recently tried to repeal Obamacare for the 34th time.

    Apparently, irony is completely lost on Speaker Boehner.



    NOTE: Sino Boehner’s lack of self-awareness is just breathtaking. All we get from him is gibberish. There is no leadership and no seriousness of purpose. The very fact that he can make such inane statements without being laughed at (and challenged) by the media is a scandal. They continue to treat the GOP as if they are a credible opposition party. Nothing could be further from the truth. Boehner proves that point everyday with every utterance. His puffery and bluster is really getting tiresome.

  18. February 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

    From that article, Cody Keenan will take over as PBO’s lead speechwriter – he helped write the Tucson speech, which I’m still recovering from. Great choice.

    • 87 Japa21
      February 5, 2013 at 10:45 am

      I think it is important to remember that PBO is a tremendous speechwriter in his own rigth and would only take on somebody to do that job if he had complete trust in that person to catch his own preferences in language, etc. Plus, he probably does more editing of his speeches that others write than any President in history. But, I think he makes his choices based upon not needing to do much changing.

    • 88 theo67
      February 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      I’m actually glad that President Obama is freshening up his speech-writing team. He’s got a new tone in his second term, and he needs a fresh team to complement the new tone, new attitude. Make it more exciting for him, too. I also believe that President Obama’s most riveting speeches are largely written by himself – the ones that get you most emotionally. The rote policy speeches are probably written by the speech writers.

  19. 89 cookemom
    February 5, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Eric Holder gives a press conference at 11:15est this morning on financial fraud. Don’t hold your breath that any questions will be about that topic. Expect for him to be bombarded about the drone strike memo/emails found by NBC.

  20. 90 Bill
    February 5, 2013 at 10:05 am

    There is word Janet Napolitano may run for POTUS if Hillary does not. She is doing a good job in the administration, but she seems to be lacking any star power or a compelling story.

    • 91 Dudette
      February 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      I could see her as VP first, then maybe move up to top spot afterward. But ya never know, maybe she could kick some serious butt in primary debates.

  21. February 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

  22. 99 JER
    February 5, 2013 at 10:14 am


    The Justice Department late Monday hit Standard & Poor’s with civil fraud charges, alleging the nation’s largest credit rating firm gave overly rosy appraisals to securities that led to the national financial meltdown. … The charges mark the first enforcement action the government has taken against a major rating agency involving the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. …


  23. 100 squarepeg
    February 5, 2013 at 10:22 am

  24. 101 kasai
    February 5, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Good Morning everyone…Good Morning Chips……..I love my President….the message to Kenya touched my heart. He truly is THE PEOPLE PRESIDENT….
    Have a Wonderful Day!

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  27. 108 dotster3
    February 5, 2013 at 10:51 am

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  30. 116 JER
    February 5, 2013 at 11:09 am

    01:15 PM (estimated time) http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml and CNN Streaming

    President Obama Press Conference – President Obama calls on Congress to find at least a short-term fix to prevent across-the-board budget cuts.

  31. 117 Luna
    February 5, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Did anyone catch Chris Christie on letterman last night?
    I was so embarrassed for him…it was soooo awful.
    eating doughnuts from his pocket, couldn’t even fit on the chair…it was SAD
    especially when we have such a distinguish debonaire President.
    To think that Christie could even stand next to POTUS’ pinky is sad and ridiculous.

    • 118 cookemom
      February 5, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Nothing wrong with him standing next to PBO. The miracle is he can stand at all. Get use to him being around, because as long as he can manage to keep the lights on during the Super Bowl next year (being held in NJ), then sadly, he’s a shoe in.

  32. 119 daisydem
    February 5, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Just now getting to the Rise and Shine, and what a glorious and meaty one it is! I think I will print out that first photo, have it blown into a poster and wrap it around myself. That’s ok, isn’t it? Love the pics of our V.P. and Dr. Jill abroad especially this one at 10 Downing Street! Wishing them a good trip back home this evening. Now back up to read others’ comments (especially about that first picture …. yowza)!

  33. 123 Don
    February 5, 2013 at 11:34 am

    The suit against S&P isn’t just a shot over the bow of Wall Street, no, this is like a kamikaze going in for the kill. AG Holder is going after the titans of Wall Street that almost torpedoed this country.

  34. February 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

    The president will deliver remarks at the White House at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, calling on Congress to pass a short-term budget package that would delay automatic, across-the-board cuts known as the sequester.

  35. 129 dotster3
    February 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

    This is a dilly of a new anti-Obama conspiracy theory. These rt. wing radical tea party goofs will believe and spread any anti-Obama propaganda, no matter how insanely preposterous.

  36. February 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Keeping the conversation re: Catholic Church going, in our neck of the woods our Cardinal Emeritus Roger Mahony is in deep shit. He, too, played the pedophile shuffle. As me and the missus were saying last night: gay marriage? Baaaaaaaaad. Hiding pedophile priests? Eh, the kids are just making it up.

  37. February 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    This is why football is the “beautiful game”: “Nigerian prostitutes promise “week of free sex” if they win Africa Cup of Nations”.

    I think Sepp Blatter might hang around Lagos just in case…

  38. 133 Don
    February 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Deep shit indeed!

  39. 134 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm

  40. 135 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm

  41. 136 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  42. 139 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    The GOP thinks Tuesday afternoons are comedy hour.

  43. 140 Pamela
    February 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Top photo has been in my top spot for a long time, and top of the mornin’ to all o’ y’all! 🙂

  44. 142 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Star power.

    • 143 jacquelineoboomer
      February 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      I spent two weeks locked up at a retreat in Leesburg, VA, when I worked for the Navy and the venue was like hell on earth. Hope they’re not in the same spot. But I would like to see a bunch of Republicans visit that place!

    • 144 theo67
      February 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Unless it’s a scheduling thing, I don’t think a former President should have the last word after a sitting President. Seems disrespectful.

  45. 145 cookemom
    February 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    So I had Fox and Friends on this morning while they were discussing the Super Bowl Clydesdale horse commercial. Evidently, Budweiser held a contest to name a new born Clydesdale on one of their farms. Everyone was oohing and aahing over the little colt and his mother. The big reveal was the winning name among the thousands and thousands that were sent in. Well, at first you could here a pin drop in the studio, which almost immediately turned into audible groans when the representative from Budweiser announced the name………..Hope!!!

    That was worth me actually watching that station for even a short while.

    • 146 Bill
      February 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      That is a great story. Maybe the next one will be “Change”. A Republican horse could be named “No”.

      • 147 cookemom
        February 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm

        There is a link, but I dare not post it. I won’t be responsible for leading anyone down the dark alleyways of cyberspace even to see a very cute little horsy.

    • 148 sherijr
      February 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Oh that is lovely.. I was going to suggest ‘sandy’ on twitter when #clydesdale was asking for names… but I LOVE Hope, perfecto!

    • 149 theo67
      February 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      What a sad group of people – many of them pseudo-Christians, I’m sure – who can be disappointed by the word “hope”.

    • 150 carolmaewy
      February 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Yeah!!! I entered that contest!

  46. 151 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Fantastic job opportunity.

    Searching for a way to use your code-slinging skills to help build a smarter government? Then try applying for round two of the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows Program, announced Tuesday.

    The Presidential Innovation Fellows Program calls upon a handful of innovators from a variety of fields to “help develop innovation solutions in areas of national significance,” per the White House’s blog post.

    “Many of the Fellowship roles require coding and other tech skills, but not all do,” reads the pair’s post. “We are also looking for gifted and accomplished change agents with skills in user experience design, product management, project management, business development, operations reengineering, and more. In a nutshell, we are looking for people who can help make big things happen rapidly to advance the public good.”

    When the White House first announced the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, 600 people applied within 24 hours. Interested in becoming a Presidential Innovation Fellow? Apply at whitehouse.gov/InnovationFellows.


  47. February 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I saw Cantor on CBS this morning as he spouted his new republican talking points. He seemed so concerned about the people and helping them achieve their dreams. If I didn’t know better he almost sounded like a democrat. However, when asked if he supported Rubio’s immigration reform plan, he would not answer yes or no even when pressed. I wanted to smack his smirk.

  48. 158 susanne
    February 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    good morning chips and todville! i’m up early, after heavy rains all night. still pretty warm so the window by my bed was open, and the rain blowing in on my face–interesting and pleasant, but not really good for sleep!

    chips, your photo of pbo campaigning in the rain is a classic for the ages–such an extraordinary man! thanks for a terrific rise and shine!
    aloha oe~

  49. 159 jacquelineoboomer
    February 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    All I can think of when I see a PBO-in-the-rain photo, any version, is that ol’ song It’s Rainin’ Men. Is that wrong? (Ha!)

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